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Bobbie Burgers

Current Exhibition: Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces
On view in Montecito and St. Helena January 17th - February 7th

Two themes run parallel through this body of work: “Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong” and “Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces.” The first is derived from a quote attributed to the 13th-century poet Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” As an artist, this idea of a shared space where people meet on common ground resonates with me. While art is not always neutral or harmonious, it naturally invites interpretation, offering an arena where differing opinions come together. As my work moves further into abstraction, and I give the viewer license to bring their own ideas to my work, this notion of transcending right and wrong becomes increasingly relevant.

The second stream meandering through the exhibition is a conception of time as a river flowing through narrow spaces, in which my encounter with the viewer is brief, yet in many ways represents the very point of creating art. The river stretches and compresses, the currents swirling, rushing, or stagnating, sometimes highlighting a moment of importance or attention, sometimes roaring right past in excitement or stress. There is the volatility of time during the act of creation—but more significantly, there is the compressed moment when someone views the painting: that instant when an impression is made and ideas are formed. In this sense, the exhibition’s two themes come together, each speaking to my relationship with the viewer and their role in contributing meaning to my work.

Biography

Bobbie Burgers’ large-scale paintings and drawings expand and explode the tradition of floral still-life with vivid, gestural blooms. In the two decades of her practice, her trajectory has moved from images approaching realism to, more recently, abstracted blossoms that double as metaphors for the act of painting, which Burgers compares to the brief, fragile lifespan of a flower: a moment to be grasped “with all its frailty and complexity.”

Burgers is interested in the process of decay, transformation, and metamorphosis. With a distinct style that merges abstraction with representation in increasing degrees, her work brings together instinctive compositions while revealing her precise powers of observation. Remarkable for their compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes, Burgers’ paintings bring alive the fundamental quest to express something personal, subjective and emotive, in a poetic, abstract way.

Largely self-taught, Burgers has drawn inspiration from early Dutch still-lifes and the history of Chinese painting, which she investigated in-depth during her travels for a recent exhibition of her work in Beijing. Her paintings have been compared to and exhibited alongside those of Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Jack Shadbolt—artists who, like Burgers, are interested in the relationship between art and nature at the core. Of Burgers’ take on this relationship, Critic Dorota Kozinska has written that her “subject never feels excised from nature, but rather breathed in and exhaled as art.”

Burgers lives and works in her hometown of Vancouver, where she received the Vancouver FANS award in 2013 and teaches at the Gordon Smith Foundation. She has exhibited her work at galleries, museums, and art fairs internationally.

Born

1973


Selected Corporate Collections

Weber Shandwick • Thorn Mark Investments • Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Canada • Lawson Lundel Lawson • Sutton Place Hotel • Pen-Cor Mortage and Investments • Royal Bank of Canada • Scotia Mcleod • Nordstrom’s, New York City • Liquidity Wines


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024   Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito and St. Helena, CA

2023   Winged Victory, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

              Partly Truth PArtly Fiction, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2022   Forest for the Trees, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

             The After Party, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

             Between Always and Never, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

             Transcribing the Elements, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2021   The Hard Work of Spring, West Vancouver Art Museum, West Vancouver, BC

             Storms & Calm Waters, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

             Folding Outwards, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2020  The Tender and the Unnerving, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

             Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

             Papier Contenporary Art Fair, Montreal

2019 SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

             Maximalist, Minimalst, Caldwell Snyder Gallery. St. Helena

             Fragile State, Equinox Gallery. Vancouver

             Harmony Arts Festival, Ferry Building Gallery, Vanouver

             Art Toronto

2018 Perception of Sound, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

             Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

             Art Beijing

             Art Toronto

2017 An Outline Broken, Cohim Gallery, Beijing, China

             Art Toronto, Toronto, CA

             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

             Impure Crystals, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2016 Bitter Sweet, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

2015 Innocent Disobedience, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Seeds of Rebellion, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             A Beautiful Rebellion, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             The Quiet Revolution, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

2014 Suspended Between Sweetness & Sorrow, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Lovely Fugitive, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             The Lure of Magical Thinking, Bau-Xi, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

             Stories That We Tell, Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 Days of Dreams & Visions, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Respire, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             Alchemy, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

             An Involuntary & Unconscious Memoir, Galerie St. Laurent & Hill, Ottawa, ON.

             Eternalism, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA.

2012 Wanton, Wild, Reckless, Abandonment, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

             Arriving at a Landscape, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             The Here & Now, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Intricate Intimacy #1  |  SOLD

Intricate Intimacy #1 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 80 inches

24012

Intricate Intimacy #2 | SOLD

Intricate Intimacy #2 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 80 inches

24011

Winged Victory #7

Winged Victory #7

Acrylic on Canvas

50 x 40 inches

23754

Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces #2 | SOLD

Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces #2 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

23753

Winged Victory #4 | SOLD

Winged Victory #4 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

50 x 40 inches

23752

Winged Victory #1 | SOLD

Winged Victory #1 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

50 x 40 inches

23751

Roses From my Garden Part #2

Roses From my Garden Part #2

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 72 inches

23750

Roses from my Garden Part #1

Roses from my Garden Part #1

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 72 inches

23749

Journey Down From the Clouds #5 | SOLD

Journey Down From the Clouds #5 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 72 inches

23748

Journey Down From the Clouds #4 | SOLD

Journey Down From the Clouds #4 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 72 inches

23747

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #4 | SOLD

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #4 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

61 x 55 inches

23746

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #3 | SOLD

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #3 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 40 inches

23745

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #2 | SOLD

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #2 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

Diptych 60 x 80 inches

23744

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #1 | SOLD

Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong #1 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

Diptych 60 x 80 inches

23743

Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 96 inches

23715

Beauty as a Means of Survival #3 | SOLD

Beauty as a Means of Survival #3 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

23714

Beauty as a Means of Survival #2 | SOLD

Beauty as a Means of Survival #2 | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

23713

Beauty as a Means of Survival | SOLD

Beauty as a Means of Survival | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

Diptych 60 x 120 inches

23712

Blueprint

Blueprint

Mixed Media on Paper

65 x 79 inches framed

23695

An Imperfect Offering #3 | SOLD

An Imperfect Offering #3 | SOLD

Mixed Media on Paper

55 x 65 inches framed

23694

We are Temporary #4 | SOLD

We are Temporary #4 | SOLD

Mixed Media on Paper

47 x 60 inches framed

23693

We are Temporary #3 | SOLD

We are Temporary #3 | SOLD

Mixed Media on Paper

47 x 60 inches framed

23692

We are Temporary #1 | SOLD

We are Temporary #1 | SOLD

Mixed Media on Paper

47 x 60 inches framed

23691

We are Temporary #2 | SOLD

We are Temporary #2 | SOLD

Mixed Media on Paper

47 x 60 inches framed

23690

Born

1973


Selected Corporate Collections

Weber Shandwick • Thorn Mark Investments • Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Canada • Lawson Lundel Lawson • Sutton Place Hotel • Pen-Cor Mortage and Investments • Royal Bank of Canada • Scotia Mcleod • Nordstrom’s, New York City • Liquidity Wines


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024   Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito and St. Helena, CA

2023   Winged Victory, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

              Partly Truth PArtly Fiction, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2022   Forest for the Trees, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

             The After Party, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

             Between Always and Never, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

             Transcribing the Elements, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2021   The Hard Work of Spring, West Vancouver Art Museum, West Vancouver, BC

             Storms & Calm Waters, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

             Folding Outwards, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2020  The Tender and the Unnerving, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

             Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

             Papier Contenporary Art Fair, Montreal

2019 SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

             Maximalist, Minimalst, Caldwell Snyder Gallery. St. Helena

             Fragile State, Equinox Gallery. Vancouver

             Harmony Arts Festival, Ferry Building Gallery, Vanouver

             Art Toronto

2018 Perception of Sound, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

             Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

             Art Beijing

             Art Toronto

2017 An Outline Broken, Cohim Gallery, Beijing, China

             Art Toronto, Toronto, CA

             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

             Impure Crystals, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2016 Bitter Sweet, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

2015 Innocent Disobedience, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Seeds of Rebellion, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             A Beautiful Rebellion, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             The Quiet Revolution, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

2014 Suspended Between Sweetness & Sorrow, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

             Lovely Fugitive, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             The Lure of Magical Thinking, Bau-Xi, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

             Stories That We Tell, Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 Days of Dreams & Visions, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Respire, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             Alchemy, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

             An Involuntary & Unconscious Memoir, Galerie St. Laurent & Hill, Ottawa, ON.

             Eternalism, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA.

2012 Wanton, Wild, Reckless, Abandonment, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

             Arriving at a Landscape, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.

             The Here & Now, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

             Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.

Bobbie Burgers’ large-scale paintings and drawings expand and explode the tradition of floral still-life with vivid, gestural blooms. In the two decades of her practice, her trajectory has moved from images approaching realism to, more recently, abstracted blossoms that double as metaphors for the act of painting, which Burgers compares to the brief, fragile lifespan of a flower: a moment to be grasped “with all its frailty and complexity.”

Burgers is interested in the process of decay, transformation, and metamorphosis. With a distinct style that merges abstraction with representation in increasing degrees, her work brings together instinctive compositions while revealing her precise powers of observation. Remarkable for their compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes, Burgers’ paintings bring alive the fundamental quest to express something personal, subjective and emotive, in a poetic, abstract way.

Largely self-taught, Burgers has drawn inspiration from early Dutch still-lifes and the history of Chinese painting, which she investigated in-depth during her travels for a recent exhibition of her work in Beijing. Her paintings have been compared to and exhibited alongside those of Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Jack Shadbolt—artists who, like Burgers, are interested in the relationship between art and nature at the core. Of Burgers’ take on this relationship, Critic Dorota Kozinska has written that her “subject never feels excised from nature, but rather breathed in and exhaled as art.”

Burgers lives and works in her hometown of Vancouver, where she received the Vancouver FANS award in 2013 and teaches at the Gordon Smith Foundation. She has exhibited her work at galleries, museums, and art fairs internationally.

Bobbie Burgers
Biography

Press

A Microcosm of Maximalism: The Art of Bobbie Burgers

Ampersand LA

December 13, 2020

Bobbie Burgers plays chess with the paint in her latest work

North Shore News

August 1, 2019

Bobbie Burgers: Blurred Edges

Montecristo Magazine

September 9, 2018

Modern Boho: Colour Therapy

House & Home

May 2015

Link

Abstract Floral Painter: Bobbie Burgers

Homes & Living: The Architecture Issue

June / July 2015

Link

Art at Nordstrom & Simons Retail Stores

The Vancouver Sun

April 5, 2015

Link

Bobbie Burgers: Into Abstraction

Westender

December 11, 2014

Link

Artist Bobbie Burgers, Magical Thinking

Nuvo Magazine

2014

Meet One of Canadas Chicest Artists: Bobbie Burgers

Elle Canada

June 6, 2014

Pierre Coupey and Bobbie Burgers to be Honoured at the FANS Tribute to the Arts

FANS (Fund for the Arts on the North Shore)

November 8, 2013

Burgers' "Eternalism" Flower Power with Philosophical Twist

Seattle Times

January 11, 2013

Bobbie Burgers's Living Room

The Globe and Mail

March 9, 2013

Wanton, Wild, Reckless Abandonment

American Art Collector

June 2012

Link

Current Exhibition: Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces
On view in Montecito and St. Helena January 17th - February 7th

Two themes run parallel through this body of work: “Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong” and “Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces.” The first is derived from a quote attributed to the 13th-century poet Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” As an artist, this idea of a shared space where people meet on common ground resonates with me. While art is not always neutral or harmonious, it naturally invites interpretation, offering an arena where differing opinions come together. As my work moves further into abstraction, and I give the viewer license to bring their own ideas to my work, this notion of transcending right and wrong becomes increasingly relevant.

The second stream meandering through the exhibition is a conception of time as a river flowing through narrow spaces, in which my encounter with the viewer is brief, yet in many ways represents the very point of creating art. The river stretches and compresses, the currents swirling, rushing, or stagnating, sometimes highlighting a moment of importance or attention, sometimes roaring right past in excitement or stress. There is the volatility of time during the act of creation—but more significantly, there is the compressed moment when someone views the painting: that instant when an impression is made and ideas are formed. In this sense, the exhibition’s two themes come together, each speaking to my relationship with the viewer and their role in contributing meaning to my work.

Bobbie Burgers


"My story is fragmented, it is up to the viewer to piece it together."

This collection is about nature’s seasonal unfolding. Emotions undergo a similar cycle of highs and lows, whole cycles can start and finish, causing great upheavals.

Current Exhibition: Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces
On view in Montecito and St. Helena January 17th - February 7th

Two themes run parallel through this body of work: “Beyond the Boundaries of Right and Wrong” and “Time Flows Through Narrow Spaces.” The first is derived from a quote attributed to the 13th-century poet Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” As an artist, this idea of a shared space where people meet on common ground resonates with me. While art is not always neutral or harmonious, it naturally invites interpretation, offering an arena where differing opinions come together. As my work moves further into abstraction, and I give the viewer license to bring their own ideas to my work, this notion of transcending right and wrong becomes increasingly relevant.

The second stream meandering through the exhibition is a conception of time as a river flowing through narrow spaces, in which my encounter with the viewer is brief, yet in many ways represents the very point of creating art. The river stretches and compresses, the currents swirling, rushing, or stagnating, sometimes highlighting a moment of importance or attention, sometimes roaring right past in excitement or stress. There is the volatility of time during the act of creation—but more significantly, there is the compressed moment when someone views the painting: that instant when an impression is made and ideas are formed. In this sense, the exhibition’s two themes come together, each speaking to my relationship with the viewer and their role in contributing meaning to my work.

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